LONDON – Where Didier Drogba will go? Once rumored to be following his former colleague, Nicholas Anelka, to the club from China, Shanghai Shenhua, The Sun reported that 34-year-old striker was offered by the Italian club.
Juventus are mentioned to be interested to the attackers who had just resigned from the Chelsea and is willing to offer two-year contract with a salary of £ 80 000 per week to him.
The Serie A champions were also mentioned that it could not match salaries offered by Shanghai by 10 million pounds per year, but tempt Drogba with a glorious game of "The Old Lady" in Italy to this day as well as the lure of a bonus of 10 million pounds.
With age no longer young, the Ivory Coast striker’s transfer will be in free status after resigning from Chelsea. Drogba’s contract will expire on 30 June.
Shanghai Shenhua Optimistic
Shanghai Shenhua are very optimistic that Ivory Coast striker landed in the "Bamboo Curtain country".
As reported by the Guardian, Drogba will arrive in Shanghai on a free. Management contract with "The Blues" will expire June 30 next.
"Right now, negotiations with Drogba Shenhua continued as planned," said Zhu Jun, the owner of the club, as quoted by local newspaper the Oriental Sports Daily.
Reportedly, Drogba will be paid 250 thousand pounds plus per year contract valued at approximately 15k pound. That salary denied by Chelsea management and insisted on setting the duration of the extension of a year for him. Negotiations failed and Drogba decided to pull off from Stamford Bridge.
At the age of 34 years Drogba has started to think realistically and choose to enjoy the twilight of his career. Since January, he was called by Anelka which already rolled first to Shenhua. Now, Anelka plays as a player and coach after Shenhua sacked Jean Tigana, the former Fulham coach.
Drogba support Torres replace his place
Didier Drogba supporting his team mate, Fernando Torres to replace him as Chelsea’s main striker in the future. Drogba assess Torres Ddeserves to fill vacancies on the main front line of "The Blues" after he resign from the team.
"Everyone knows that Torres is a very good player, a world class player. He has been through tough times here. It happens to everyone. Good thing is we always support himn," he said as quoted by Soccernet.
Players from the Ivory Coast, said that Torres still has a chance next season to continue to shine. Drogba also had a chance to share his experiences passing the tough times.
"He always got it and I know next season he will continue to grow, he will grow better. Now, I can not give rebuttal, but the beginning of my season in Chelsea is very difficult. It’s not easy to play for Chelsea. Chelsea is lucky having Fernando. Of course, we will need a new striker but Torres will do his duty, he will do it. he will do it and no doubt, "he added.
Torres played in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on Saturday (05/19/2012). However, the 28-year-old attacker seemed disappointed that started the game on the bench and playing substitute Salomon Kalou in the 84th minute. But Drogba judge that Torres still has a passion for bringing Chelsea excel in the future.
"It may be difficult for him but he has shown his greatness. Next season will be his season and I’ll try to talk to him. We have a good relationship. We do not understand why we did not play together anymore, but it’s the past. Torres is the future," he said.